The possible roadblocks to the successful completion of the
Eclipse 500 program are falling one by one... and it's starting to
look as if "Raburn's Folly" may turn into "Raburn's
Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. tells ANN that have successfully
completed the first run of its new PW610F turbine engine selected
by Eclipse Aviation Corporation to power the twin-engine Eclipse
500 Very Light Jet (VLJ).
The three people who were on board a WNBC-TV helicopter are
counting their lucky stars after the aircraft slammed into one
building and fell onto another Tuesday evening. Neither the
reporter nor the two crew members on board was seriously hurt.
Test Team Touts Canadian Hospitality as Factor in Mission
Osprey No. 24 returned to NAS Patuxent River on the afternoon of
April 29 after spending six months conducting aircraft icing tests
from Canadian Forces Base Shearwater near Halifax, Nova Scotia.
During the detachment, Osprey No. 24 logged 67 hours, 37 of which
were in actual icing conditions.
Temporary Bomb Detection Stations To Be Built In Two
For passengers at DFW Airport (TX), the word of the day is
"shlep." By the end of this month, passengers will have to carry,
drag, hustle -- shlep -- their checked luggage through temporary
bomb detection stations in terminals B and E. The TSA has ordered
the Texas airport to begin testing all luggage for explosives by
Entrepreneurs Anousheh Ansari and Amir Ansari, today announced a
multimillion dollar contribution to the X PRIZE Foundation which
runs an international competition among private spaceships designed
to fly the general public into space. On this day, the 43rd
anniversary of astronaut Alan Shepard's suborbital flight into
space, the X PRIZE competition is being renamed the ANSARI X PRIZE
Competition to reflect the newly-established title sponsorship. The
ANSARI X PRIZE is modeled after the $25,000 Orteig Prize won by
Charles Lindbergh in 1927 for his historic flight from New York to
When you eat on board a commercial flight these days, every bite
is precious. A bag of peanuts is nice. A cold sandwich is the
passenger's equivalent of gastronomic Valhalla. But a salad... when
was the last time you saw one of those in the air?
So imagine the surprise of a Qantas passenger headed from
Melbourne, Australia, to Wellington, New Zealand, when she attacked
her salad, fork in hand -- and a frog jumped out of the bowl.
"They absolutely tear everything apart inside the flight bag,
every piece of professional literature, flight manuals, head sets,
they empty the overnight bag. It's being scrutinized at a level I
have never seen in over 25 years of flying."
Source: Anonymous crew member on UAL Flight 200,
from LAX to Dulles. The Washington Times quotes the ALPA, which
says that flight has been deemed a "flight of interest" by the TSA.
Crew members have to endure a second round of security screening,
which includes an invasive inspection of their personal belongings.
The aircraft is "sanitized" before each flight and even the pilot
briefer is being followed around by a security detail.
The US Navy MH-60S fleet combat support helicopter passed a
significant milestone recently by eclipsing the 50,000 flight hour
mark. "The significance of this event is particularly noteworthy
because the program went from the drawing board to fleet
introduction in just a few years," said Paul Martin, Sikorsky's
Senior Vice President for Government and Advanced Development
Programs. "The aircraft was initially fielded simultaneously in
three separate locations and has exhibited exemplary readiness and
FAA Administrator Marion C. Blakey and Congressman John L. Mica
(R-FL, Dist. 7) today visited Harris Corporation's headquarters in
Melbourne (FL) Tuesday, to meet with company executives and tour
the FAA's Primary Network Operations and Control Center (PNOCC),
which is also located in Melbourne and operated jointly by Harris
and the FAA. The PNOCC is the main operations center from which the
FAA's nationwide communications network is monitored and managed.
The PNOCC is part of the $1.9 billion FAA Telecommunications
Infrastructure (FTI) program awarded to Harris in July 2002.
The visit came as a mysterious computer glitch forced controllers
to ground all flights in New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana for up to
AD NUMBER: 2004-09-23
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2004-09-23
SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD),
applicable to all Fokker Model F27 Mark 100, 200, 300, 400, 500,
600, and 700 series airplanes, that requires repetitive inspections
of the control panel of the direct current (DC) generator for
discrepancies, and replacement of any discrepant part. This action
is necessary to prevent loss of both DC generator systems and loss
of several other airplane systems, which could lead to the pilot's
inability to maintain controlled flight. This action is intended to
address the identified unsafe condition.
"Aluminum Overcast" Damaged in Gear Malfunction at Van
EAA's much-flown Boeing B-17 bomber "Aluminum Overcast," a World
War II-era aircraft currently touring the West Coast, suffered
significant damage Wednesday when its landing gear collapsed during
a landing operation at the Van Nuys, CA, airport.